Webcast: Distributed Software Development 1

Posted by Conrad Benham on March 20, 2008

Agile Journal is hosting a webcast entitled “Making Distributed Software Development Work”. The webcast is due to start on Tuesday April 8, 2008 at 1800GMT. That time makes for a rather late broadcast here in Hong Kong. Incidentally that is one of the things that makes distributed agile interesting, the need to work across timezones.

The event will address the following specific topics:

  • Disconnection on project requirements or estimation
  • Decreased visibility into project status
  • Erosion of trust among individuals in the project

The webcast is being lead by Cary Schwaber a Senior Analyst from Forrester and Matthew Simons the Chief People Officer of ThoughtWorks. More information about the webcast can be found here. Registration is required to participate.

Agile 101 Summary

Posted by Conrad Benham on March 18, 2008

On Wednesday we held our second meeting. There was a lot of energy, it was great to see so many people getting involved!

Tom and I pair presented a high level overview of Agile and Extreme Programming. We talked about the history of Agile, The Manifesto and even compared or contrasted Agile to Waterfall. Many interesting questions came out of the various topics covered. It will not come as much of a surprise that Pair Programming sparked some questions. Questions were also raised around how a team delivers business value when a technology stack must be implemented before development can be started. The concept of spiking also provoked some discussion around what one does during a spike and whether they should be retained or not (Toni’s thoughts here).

Other topics covered were: Agile Planning, Coding, Designing and Testing.

Tom and I would like to thank all that came along for making it a very enjoyable evening and for contributing with questions and comments during the session. These questions and comments make for a varied and interesting meeting.

Remember: if you have any topics you’d like covered or have experience in a particular facet of Agile and would like to share that experience then please get in touch (Contact).

Agile 101

Posted by Conrad Benham on March 03, 2008

On Wednesday March 12th Tom Scott and I will be giving an introductory overview of Agile. We will cover as broad a range of the Agile and Extreme Programming spectra as time will allow. This will be a session exploring the various aspects of Agile and Extreme Programming. We will also draw from our personal experiences.

The location is the same but the time has been moved to 7pm.

Where: Le Rideau Theatre
Address: 1st Floor, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Soho, Hong Kong
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/34w5kj
When: 7pm onwards, Wednesday 12th of March 2008